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Vol. LXI, No. 14
 
Wednesday, April 4, 2007
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Obituaries

Nancy Tate Wood

Ruth K. Slaybaugh

George J. Wolfgang

Alexander D. Colt



Nancy Tate Wood

Nancy Tate Wood

Nancy Tate Wood, 81, of Princeton, died March 28 in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico, after a long illness. She was the only child of the poet Allen Tate and his first wife, the novelist Caroline Gordon.

Born in New York City, she spent her childhood in Kentucky, New York, Paris, Tennessee, and Princeton. She attended St. Mary's School in Sewanee, Tennessee, and Miss Fine's School in Princeton.

She married Percy Hoxie Wood of Memphis, Tennessee in 1944. After the war, the couple lived in Memphis while Mr. Wood completed medical school. They then settled in Princeton, where they raised their four children.

Mrs. Wood was ardently committed to the peace movement during the Vietnam war, and worked as a fund-raiser for Eugene J. McCarthy during his bids for the presidency in 1968 and 1976. In 1976, when Mr. McCarthy appeared on the ballot in 30 states, he ran without a vice presidential nominee in many states but had a total of 15 different running mates in states where he was required to have one. Eight of his running mates were women, including Mrs. Wood, who ran with him in New Jersey as his vice presidential candidate. She also worked for John Kerry and the Vietnam Veterans Against the War, offering sanctuary to dozens of young people who opposed the war.

She was a voracious reader and autodidact who could hold her own with physicists, diplomats, poets, and revolutionaries.

After the Woods retired to San Cristobal de Las Casas, Chiapas, they continued their famous southern hospitality, opening a guest house for foreign travelers. In Mexico, Mrs. Wood pursued her love for horses, riding into the mountains almost every day, and established the Chiapas chapter of the national environmental protection organization, Pro Natura, dedicated to the preservation of indigenous species and wilderness.

She is survived by her husband of 63 years; two sons, Percy Hoxie Wood III and Allen Tate Wood; two daughters, Caroline Wood Fallon and Amelia Wood Silver; two half-brothers, John Tate and Benjamin Tate; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Ruth K. Slaybaugh

Ruth K. Slaybaugh, 92, of Princeton, died March 27, peacefully, at home.

She was a graduate of Vassar College and a former resident of Scarsdale, N.Y. and Zurich, Switzerland, before moving to Princeton 27 years ago.

Predeceased by her husband, Clifford W. Slaybaugh, she is survived by a daughter, Katherine S. Weida, of Summit, N.J., and a son, John C. Slaybaugh of Great Falls, Va.

A memorial service was held April 2 at Miller Chapel, Princeton Theological Seminary.

Memorial donations may be made to Marble Collegiate Church, 1 West 29th Street, New York, N.Y.

George J. Wolfgang

George J. Wolfgang, 79, of Princeton, died March 27 at home.

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., he had been a resident of Princeton for the past 20 years. He was previously a longtime community member in Chichester, N.Y.

A graduate of Pace University and U.S. Army veteran of Korea, he was formerly employed by Smith Barney in New Brunswick for 40 years as vice president. More recently he was associated with Merrill Lynch in Princeton as an advisor and vice president.

An avid paddleball player, he also enjoyed woodworking, photography, and travel.

Son of the late Joseph and Helen Wolfgang, he is survived by his wife, Dr. Linda I. Meyers; his five children, Joseph Wolfgang of East Amwell, Eric Wolfgang of Germansville, Pa., David Munk of New York City, Jonathan Munk of Bee, Nebraska, and Robert Munk of Brooklyn; and a grandson.

The funeral service was April 1 at The Jewish Center of Princeton. Burial was private at Princeton Cemetery.

The period of mourning will be observed at the Wolfgang residence in Princeton.

Memorial contributions may be offered to United for Peace and Justice, P.O. Box 607, Times Square Station, New York, N.Y. 10108; or to Centurion Ministries Inc., 221 Witherspoon Street, Princeton 08542.

Funeral arrangements were by Orland's Ewing Memorial Chapel, Ewing.

Alexander Dunscombe Colt

Alexander Dunscombe Colt, 43, of New York City, formerly of Princeton, died suddenly April 1 at home.

Born and raised in Princeton, he attended Johnson Park School, The Chapin School, and Cheshire Academy in Connecticut. He was employed as a freelance carpenter and specialized in staging for special events.

Predeceased by his father, Harris Colt of New York City, he is survived by his mother, Hope C. Learned Colt of Princeton; his wife, Linda Adema Colt of New York; and two brothers, Ward S. Colt of Titusville and Harris L. Colt of Woodland Park, Colo.

Because of Mr. Colt's love of sports and animals, the family requests that, in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made to animal shelters and rescue institutions.

Funeral arrangements remain to be announced.

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